Women charged with shoplifting from Beaufort Dollar General

Two women have been charged with shoplifting from the Dollar General Store at Beaufort Plaza.

A store manager called Beaufort Police on Tuesday to report that the women had placed cosmetic items in their purses and were in the checkout line, according to a post on the Beaufort Police Department's Facebook page.

When authorities arrived, the suspects -- a 26-year-old and a 22-year-old -- had left the checkout line and gone back to the store. Police detained the women, who initially denied taking anything.

Video surveillance footage from the store showed the women stuffing merchandise into their purses, removing some of it, and trying to hide it under display racks once police arrived, according to the post. Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said the women tried to steal $34 worth of food and hygiene items, which were recovered.

Both were charged with shoplifting and booked into the Beaufort County jail.